Teachers surprise school custodian who walked to work everyday with a car

The video is sure to put a smile on your face.
  • Chris Jackson, a school custodian in the US, apparently walked to work every day
  • Teacher’s at Unity Grove Elementary School in Locust Grove, Georgia, raised money to buy him a car
  • They presented him with the car and captured the heartwarming moment on video

Published on Feb 21, 2024 at 5:19PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Feb 21, 2024 at 9:23PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

A school custodian in the US has been surprised by teachers with a car – and his reaction’s gone viral.

Chris Jackson, who works at Unity Grove Elementary School in Locust Grove, Georgia, had apparently been walking to work every day.

Two teachers at the school took upon themselves to raise money to buy a car for the school custodian, with the moment they presented the car to him posted on Facebook.

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The story reminds us of the father-of-six who was gifted a free car after biking 16 miles for work every day.

In the two-minute clip, school custodian Jackson appears stunned when he finds out the car is his.

“Oh my stars, there is a God,” he says in the video. “Thank you, thank you all. I thank you all.

“I never would have dreamed of something like this,” he adds.

“This is mind-blowing to me.”

Jodi Combs, a special education teacher at Unity Grove Elementary and one of the teachers who raised funds for Jackson’s car, spoke to Fox News.

She and first-grade teacher, Megan MacDonald, had found out Jackson “had fallen on some hard times.”

“Chris is one of those co-workers that whatever you need, he’s going to make it happen,” Combs said. “The kids adore him, the teachers adore him. And he works so very hard.”

That’s when Combs and MacDonald decided to help Jackson out by fundraising, with teachers and members of the community raising $1,000.

While they gave Jackson the bulk of the money, they saved the rest in their reserves because, around the same time, they also found out he was walking to work.

According to Combs, Jackson had saved some money for a car, though he didn’t have enough.

She knew how much Jackson had saved up and even with their reserve, they still needed an extra $1,000 to buy a car.

So they put out a call on a private Facebook group for Unity Grove Elementary staff asking for more monetary help to get Jackson a car.

In just a few hours, the teachers were able to raise the money and buy a car, which Combs drove to school and at lunchtime, asked Jackson to help her with something.

Combs and two other teachers walked to the parking lot with Jackson, while the school’s instructional coach, Eron Pringle, filmed the moment.

“His reaction was priceless,” Combs said, adding they weren’t sure he’d even like car the car.

It turned out, it was his dream car – a Chevy Impala.

“We were completely blown away,” Combs said. “Everything fell into place.”

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